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Good for You: Married in Conn., they celebrate 60th in Fla.

Stephen and Dorothy Ballog of Clearwater celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a dinner with family.

The couple wed Nov. 20, 1948, in Bridgeport, Conn.

He worked as a toolmaker. She was a mental health counselor.

They came here in 1990 from Connecticut. Local memberships include the Masons, Elks, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mrs. Ballog likes to cook, and Mr. Ballog enjoys computers.

They have three children, three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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He was a Dutch sailor in the Merchant Marines. She was a Cuban student visiting family in Tarrafa, Cuba. It was there on the beach that Johannes "Joe" and Gilda Saakes met briefly, then went their separate ways. Through mutual friends, the two met again in New York City, where they were both living at the time. There would be no separation this time. The couple married Nov. 22, 1958, in the Big Apple.

The Palm Harbor couple celebrated 50 years of marriage at an anniversary dinner with family.

The Saakeses came here in 1979 from Staten Island, N.Y.

He worked as a territory manager with Mobil Oil Marine Division.

She concentrated her efforts at being a stay-at-home mother and "CEO" of the Saakes family.

The couple have been members of the Moose and Knights of Columbus.

They have a daughter, and a granddaughter.

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Cal and Betty Callahan of Palm Harbor were married Nov. 25, 1948, at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, Ridgewood, N.Y.

They celebrated 60 years of marriage at a party with family.

The Callahans came to this area more than 30 years ago from Valley Stream, N.Y.

Mr. Callahan retired from the New York Telephone Co. where he worked in management for computer operations. Locally, he was employed by Florida Federal Bank and Peoples Gas System.

Mrs. Callahan is a homemaker.

Devout Catholics, the couple are members of St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Palm Harbor, and have been active in the Knights of Columbus and the Rosary Society.

Mr. Callahan was president of the tennis club at the Tides Bath Club, North Redington Beach. He's a big fan of football, especially the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Mrs. Callahan is an avid reader.

They have four children, and 10 grandchildren.

Elks provide grocery cards for Thanksgiving

Clarence Rolsin, chairman of community social affairs and Past Exalted Ruler of Dunedin-Clearwater Elks Lodge 1525, presented Janine Munns, family and community relations liaison at Dunedin's San Jose Elementary, with 50 $20 Sweetbay Super Market gift cards to help families of students enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.

The Lodge plans to give the school 60 additional cards for Christmas.

The cards are funded by Elks members, community donations and bingo proceeds.

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Good for You: Married in Conn., they celebrate 60th in Fla. 11/25/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:22am]
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